Ann Arbor Area Community News
Tonight at 6pm, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority will present it’s recommendations for three city-owned parcels to the City Council. The presentation is meant to be informative, precedes the regular Council meeting, and is not an actionable part of the meeting.
The recommendations, as outlined in the Ann Arbor News, include:
* Selling the existing parking lot at South Ashley and William streets, behind the former Kline’s Department Store, for private, mixed-use development, including retail, office and residential. Officials said boutiques and even a movie theater are possible uses for the lower floors of what could be up to a 10-story development.
Opposition to the plan has already lined up in the Friends of the Ann Arbor Greenway and the local chapter of the Sierra Club, who would like the entirety of the First and William site to be turned into parkland, along with two other city-owned sites, as part of an Allen Creek Greenway. The Friends’ webpage includes a notice reading,
The Downtown Development Association (DDA) will present it’s high-rise development plans for three city properties on Monday, March 7th @ 7:30 PM in City Council Chambers. Come and join us in support of the full-scale Greenway, not a 22 millon dollar taxpayer-funded unnecessary parking structure and development in floodplains.
The presentation should be televised on CTN (channel 16) at 6pm tonight, and is open to the public, though I don’t think there is a public input session scheduled.
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